Friday, September 9, 2016

Review: The House of Secrets by Brad Meltzer

The House of Secrets
by Brad Meltzer

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Pages: 352
Format: book
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  When Hazel Nash was six years old, her father taught her: mysteries need to be solved. He should know. Hazel's father is Jack Nash, the host of America's favorite conspiracy TV show, The House of Secrets.

Even as a child, she loved hearing her dad's tall tales, especially the one about a leather book belonging to Benedict Arnold that was hidden in a corpse.

Now, years later, Hazel wakes up in the hospital and remembers nothing, not even her own name. She's told she's been in a car accident that killed her father and injured her brother. But she can't remember any of it, because of her own traumatic brain injury. Then a man from the FBI shows up, asking questions about her dad-and about his connection to the corpse of a man found with an object stuffed into his chest: a priceless book that belonged to Benedict Arnold.

Back at her house, Hazel finds guns that she doesn't remember owning. On her forehead, she sees scars from fights she can't recall. Most important, the more Hazel digs, the less she likes the person she seems to have been.

Trying to put together the puzzle pieces of her past and present, Hazel Nash needs to figure out who killed this man-and how the book wound up in his chest. The answer will tell her the truth about her father, what he was really doing for the government-and who Hazel really is.

Kritters Thoughts:  Hazel and Skip Nash have always lived in the shadow of their famous father.  A father who spent a majority of their lives on television trying to crack the mysteries and conspiracies of the United States.  In the first chapter of the book, their father dies and they spend the rest of the book finding out how it happened and learning more about their father than they ever knew.  

This book was definitely one of those conspiracy theories were you have to read closely to make sure you don't miss anything.  I love these books every so often because it really stretches my brain to catch all the details.  I loved going down one road and it maybe dead ending or leading to another road or clue.  

If you enjoyed the Dan Brown adventures then this one will fill that void.  

This is my first Brad Meltzer book, where should I go next?

Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from Hachette.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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